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Cake Auction to Benefit Companion Animal Network

NORTH BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo Companion Animal Network (C.A.N.) is holding a bakery cake auction, 6 p.m. Saturday, August 7, at Floral Expectations on Hertel Ave., to raise funds for its annual AniMeals program and Pet Food Pantry.

Cakes are being donated by area bakeries including Sweet Tooth, Carriage Trade Pastries, Gino's Italian Bakery, Muscoreil's Fine Desserts, Caramici's and Zilly's Cakes.

The $20 admission includes champagne or wine and hors d'oeuvres. The silent auction begins at 8 p.m. Cakes will be auctioned to the highest bidder beginning at 9 p.m.

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Buffalo Zoo to Welcome New Neighbor

Even though it opened in December of 2008, Sweet_Ness 7 Cafe on Grant Street in Buffalo looks like it's been there forever. We mean that in a good way. An Old World feel and a great selection of food and beverages have made Sweet_Ness 7 Cafe a favorite destination in the city and beyond.

And now, a new location, by the Buffalo Zoo will likely be open by the end of the summer.

The cafe on Grant shares a building, and a website, with the art gallery next door.

Buffalo Italian Festival Statue Returned

BUFFALO, NY - Following reports on TV news stations, including 2 On Your Side, Buffalo Police received a tip as to the location of the missing statue taken from the replica Trevi Fountain at the Buffalo Italian Festival.

It has since been returned and is back on the fountain.

A spokesperson for the Buffalo Police say it appears two men took the statue as a prank.  Once officers located the individuals, they asked them to return the statue unharmed, which they did.

At this time, it does not appear festival organizers are going to press charges but they may ask the two pranksters to perform community service at the 4-day event.

Sometime overnight, the piece of a replica of the famous Trevi Fountain was taken as it was awaiting set up for the upcoming Italian Festival.

North Buffalo Accident: Car Into Building

BUFFALO, N.Y. - An 82 year old woman backed into an empty building behind Delaware Camera on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo on Friday. 

No one was hurt in the accident.

Buffalo Police responded to the scene around 12:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Bike Run to Benefit Scholarship Fund

The 8th Annual Jalana Palma Scholarship Bike Run takes to the road on Sunday, August 8. Motorcycles leave the Panera parking lot at Sheridan and Delaware in Tonawanda at 10 a.m. and arrive at the American Legion Niagara Frontier Post at 533 Amherst Street in Buffalo. A reception there begins at 3 p.m.

Jalana Palma, a student at Kenmore East High School, was a 16-year-old girl who lost her life on October 21, 2000 to meningitis. A scholarship established in her honor is awarded to students at Kenmore East High School who are planning to go to college to become teachers, because that was one of Jalana'a ambitions.

For more details, contact Sandy at (716) 471-4797.

Free Health Screenings and Services

The AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour is on the second leg of its two-year national health screening tour with the goal of providing more than $60 million worth of free health screenings in more than 3,000 communities across the nation.

Tour the Gardens of Black Rock and Riverside

The sixth-annual Black Rock and Riverside Tour of Gardens takes place rain or shine on Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Starry Night Garden Tour from 8 to 10 p.m. will feature well-lit gardens.

This is a free, self-guided tour that showcases more than 60 daytime and 20 evening gardens. Participants can join a scavenger hunt and become eligible to win prizes.

Programs, maps, posters, T-shirts, caps and visors will be available at both garden tour headquarters: St. Mark's Church, 311 Ontario Street and Renovation Church, 567 Hertel Avenue.

You can also download a map at the Black Rock and Riverside Tour of Gardens website, or call Councilman Joe Golombek's office at 851-5116.